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Director, Quality Governance

Band 8d

Main area
Quality Governance
Band 8d
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Phoenix House, Basildon
£70,207 - £85,333 pa (plus HCAS)
22/02/2019 23:59
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Do you want to be part of an innovative, dynamic organisation that is committed to delivering the best care by the best people? We are looking to appoint people who are as passionate about high quality care as we are.

NELFT provides award winning community and mental healthcare for over 2 million people. We work to ensure our patients, their friends and family, feel confident that their health needs are well met. With an excellent reputation for research and development, our skilled health professionals are at the cutting edge of evidence-based innovation, opening up the possibilities for better ways of working and delivery of care.

We are committed to the delivering the best care for our patients. The successful candidate will share this commitment and demonstrate our Trust values.

We are committed to continuous learning to improve patient outcomes so this means that we are also committed to the professional development of our workforce. We want to ensure you have the opportunity to grow and progress within NELFT, so take the first step on this journey by joining us now.

Director, Quality Governance

We are looking for a compassionate, inclusive and effective clinician to provide strategic leadership to the Trust’s Quality Governance arrangements.   As a senior leader, you will be expected to understand and positively influence organisational culture and politics and work strategically across several changing and evolving healthcare systems.  You will seek out varied information and use the information to generate new ideas that make up effective plans for risk management and quality and safety improvements.  You will be open and inquisitive for information, investigating what’s happening now and be keen to develop proposals for future improvement.

As a member of the Chief Nurse Group you will work with the Directors of Nursing, AHP and Psychology to set out the strategic direction of good governance and management. You will provide accurate reports, information and key performance measurements on quality and safety to the Trust Board and sub committees that will be vital for the effectiveness of the Trust Board quality and safety oversight.

You will act as a positive role model who builds capability to enable people to meet future challenges; you will encourage research/thematic reviews to understand the root cause of risk and display confidence and integrity in your challenges of others.

You will be competent in Risk and Incident reporting, and be able to deliver a mature approach to risk management and assurance.  As the first point of contact for the CQC you will need to have experience of working in a mental health care organisation to appreciate the full extent of delivering acute mental health care within a hospital and community setting.

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).


At NELFT we set very high standards to ensure we provide quality services. We require prospective employees to carry out an online literacy and numeracy test, equivalent to NVQ Level 2. For more information regarding our assessments, please visit our website. If you are shortlisted, invited for interview and successfully offered the post, you will be required to undertake an assessment for these skills during the pre-employment checks.

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment.  As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focussing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

High Cost Area Supplement – Essex

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 5% of the basic salary (with a minimum of £1,000 to a maximum of £1,733)


Please send applications by CV, together with a covering letter should be sent via email to again clearly stating in the subject line ‘Director, Quality Governance’


The Closing date will be Friday 22nd February 2019.

There will be an additional Assessment for this position, which is to be held on Friday 1st March 2019.

Interviews for successful applicants are to take place on Friday 8th March 2019.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Stephanie Dawe

0800 555 1200 Ext 64301


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